New Product Development Division & Board Change

Surgical Innovations Group PLC 14 December 1999 MAIN BOARD CHANGES AT SURGICAL INNOVATIONS Also Launch of new product development division Board changes Surgical Innovations Group plc (Surgical Innovations), the AIM listed provider of medical products, today announces that with effect from 14th December Brian Long will step down as Chairman to be replaced by Doug Liversidge. Brian Long will remain on the Board as a non-executive director. Brian was Chairman of Haemocell plc prior to its merger with Surgical Innovations Limited, and remained in that position when the enlarged group was renamed Surgical Innovations Group plc and its operations were consolidated in Leeds. Doug was Chairman of Surgical Innovations Limited prior to the merger and remained non-executive director of the enlarged group. Doug has over 40 years' experience in industry. He was managing director and then Chief Executive of G.W. Thornton plc - a high technology engineering company with products in the medical sector. For the last four years Doug has been Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humberside regional Medilink, a government sponsored forum whose mission is to assist the development of advanced technology companies in the medical field. He is also Chairman of Sheffield University Enterprises Ltd. Commenting on the change Brian Long said: 'Doug has recently completed his term as Master Cutler of Sheffield and I am delighted that he has now agreed to take the Chairmanship of Surgical Innovations. His own professional experience in medical equipment and the important role he has played with Medilink put him in an ideal position to lead Surgical Innovations. Being closer to Leeds will allow him to play a more active role in the company's operations. I very much look forward to supporting Doug on the Board as he supported me over the last 18 months since the merger.' Launch of new product development division Surgical Innovations also announces the establishment of ION Product Solutions which offers design and manufacturing services to other healthcare companies. R&D has always been the driving force behind Surgical Innovations' success and the company has taken the decision to capitalise further on its R&D in depth expertise, to become the premier fast track provider of medical device solutions from design through to manufacture. The response to ION at the recent international medical fair 'Medica '99' in Germany was very positive with much interest shown as well as several firm leads that the team is currently following up. Commenting on the launch of the new service Ian Lomas Managing Director of Surgical Innovations said: 'We have invested a large amount of money in R&D, this is an innovative industry with success depending on creativity and precision. There are many large healthcare companies with marketing capability, who would welcome the services that ION can provide. We are selling our expertise in intellectual property, design and manufacturing to those who have better resources than we do to give products a fast route to market.' Another Award Make it with Lasers, which is dedicated to promoting the use of industrial lasers, has chosen Surgical Innovations as this year's winner for its use of lasers in the manufacturing process of medical devices for keyhole surgery. Surgical Innovations uses lasers in the manufacturing of most of its medical devices. The instruments produced for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) require greater than normal precision in marking, welding and cutting which can only be achieved with the use of lasers in the manufacturing process. For further information please contact: Surgical Innovations Group plc Citigate Dewe Rogerson Brian Long - Non-executive Director Keeley Middleton Doug Liversidge - Chairman Tel: 0113 297 9899 Ian Lomas - Managing Director OR email: Tel: 0113 230 7597
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